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Club Love, Solar Energy in Inner City, & Abele Awards

Last week’s open house activities were a great success! Our faculty and student reception was well attended (and possibly not just for the food) by MPP and MIDP students alike. Shout out to Prof. Jay Pearson for his pledge to be the Bridging Communities faculty advisor and resource for students working towards our renewed vision (below).

We also had a great showing of over 20 people for our BC-sponsored Admitted Students brunch at Honey’s Restaurant—mmmm, good.

<3 <3 <3 <3 Big Big Thanks and Appreciation to board members Sharita Thomas, Lekisha Gunn, & Tameeka Norton for their leadership and service! Special thanks to 2013-2014 committee members Carly Krause and Jihye Lee, and everyone that’s been involved, engaged and collaborative with Bridging Communities!

Look below for:

  • Friday 4/12--Fuqua Dinner with Duke Alum, Donnel Baird, Founder of Bloc Power (Solar Energy Distribution), Echoing Green Fellow, community organizer, and clean energy policy guy!
  • RSVP's still open for the Abele Awards
  • BC's new vision

Note: After a Jam-packed week, we will not be hosting lunch this week.

Events Outside of Sanford

CASE Dinner Discussion with Donnel Baird T’03, CEO and Founder of BlocPower, wants to bring Solar to low-wealth neighborhoods.

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Friday, April 12th 2013 at 7:30-8:30pm

Fuqua Seminar Room A

Limited Seating/RSVP Required at

SPEAKER BACKGROUND: A 2003 graduate of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Donnel Baird spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. Donnel managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out of work populations. He partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate a $100m government investment in underserved communities in the District of Columbia. In 2012, while he was a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School, Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations selected Donnel for the Black Male Achievement Fellowship program, which is dedicated to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male achievement.

The Abele Awards

In early April, the MLWC, Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) co-sponsor the annual Julian Abele Awards, the premier Black community awards dinner. This annual event honors the significant achievements of Black community members and their supporters. They are named in honor of Julian Abele, an African-American who designed the architecture for Duke’s West Campus.
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What is BC all about?

Our RE-Vision

A Sanford Community that is inclusive, equitable, and just; and, that attracts and produces a class of culturally competent professionals who are passionate and dedicated to achieving social equity—locally, nationally, and globally.